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Monday, July 27, 2009

Bangladesh SC to determine law for BDR mutiny trial

Dhaka, 27 July : Bangladesh Law Minister Shafique Ahmed today said the government would seek the Supreme Court resolution to decide the law under which the trials of those involved in the 25-26 February BDR mutiny and carnage will be held.
The minister revealed this emerging from an ministerial meeting held at his ministry. "The reference to fix the law from the apex court will be sought within a week," Shafique said. The government would seek the decision through the president of the republic from the full bench of the Appellate Division under the article 106 of the Constitution, Shafique added.
On 15 July, another meeting sat at Bangladesh Secretariat to decide on the matter but failed to come up with any decision. News and Photo : STAR

GJM suspends indefinite Darjeeling bandh till 17 Aug
PTI, Kolkata, 27 July : The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, spearheading a campaign for a separate state, today suspended its indefinite bandh in the Darjeeling hills till 17 August to create a 'cordial atmosphere' ahead of the tripartite talks on 11 August in Delhi.
GJM general secretary Roshan Giri told PTI over phone from Darjeeling that the decision to suspend the bandh, announced by its president Bimal Gurung, was taken in response to the request by the Centre, state government and other quarters. "We will see the outcome of the talks and act accordingly," Giri said.
He said their demand for the transfer of senior police officials, including IG (north Bengal) K L Tamta, for the lathicharge and 'police highhandedness' on GJM supporters at Panighatta on 10 July still stands.
Photo : Arnab Mitra
Patuakhali ferries suspended over Bay's depression
Patuakhali, 27 July : A depression in the Bay has whipped up troubles in the seas, estuarine waterways and rivers in Patuakhali, forcing passenger ferries to suspend operations.
Incessant rains have severely restricted public mobility. Md Shahidullad Miah, Patuakhali river port official, said all motor launches below the length of 65 feet have been barred from cruising in the inclement weather. If the situation worsens, inland navigation with Dhaka and all other routes may have to be shut down in the afternoon, he added. Patuakhali Met Office senior observer Md Raqibul Islam said 60 mm rainfall was recorded from 1am to 12 noon on Monday.

The seas are choppy due to the low, waves up to three to four feet lapped the shores. Hundreds of fishing trawlers returned from the seas in apprehension.
24 journalists killed in b'ladesh since Independence
Jahangir Alam Akash, Germany, (Human Rights Today) : Democracy and press freedom is important for each and other. The peoples and journalists of Bangladesh have struggling for actual democracy and press freedom.
In 1971 was independent of Bangladesh. But, peoples under army rule for 17 years. Army was killed father of the nation Bongobondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Still has not executed the punishment to the self declared killers. Since independence about 24 journalists were killed by terrorists. But, yet not right investigation and punish to the killers.

Day by day journalism in Bangladesh is going on very danger and risk. Actually here is no press freedom. Journalist’s killings and torture is a common feature in Bangladesh. In this horrible situation journalists are working here. Though government always says that, journalists and media are free. In practice, media is not free. Every day, the suppression of the media and freedom of speech is becoming more apparent in Bangladesh. READ MORE
GAIL approves Rs 8,000 cr Uttar Pradesh to Haldia pipeline projects
New Delhi, Haldia, 27 July : The GAIL (India) Limited board has approved Rs 8,000 crore pipeline projects to be implemented by 2012, company Chairman U D Choubey said on Monday.
GAIL will raise Rs 2,000 crore from the domestic market this fiscal, Rs 5,000 crore next fiscal mostly through external commercial borrowing, and Rs 10,000 crore in 2011-12, GAIL Director (Finance) R K Goel said.
GAIL will lay 2,050-km pipeline from Jagdishpur in Uttar Pradesh to Haldia in West Bengal at an investment of Rs 7,595 crore, company Chairman U D Choubey told reporters.
B'desh cabinet approves special lifelong protection for Hasina, family
IANS, Dhaka, 27 July : Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, her sister Rehana and their children will get Special Security Force (SSF) protection in view of threats to their lives as per an executive order.
Hasina Monday chaired a cabinet meeting that approved the ‘Father of the Nation’s Family Members’ Security Bill 2009′ with immediate effect “to ensure lifelong and foolproof security”. The bill, to be enacted by parliament subsequently, will cover all family members of the country’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who was slain in a military putsch on 15 August, 1975. Hasina and Rehana were the only survivors. Hasina’s son Sanjib Joy, daughter Putul, Rehana and her family live abroad. The new law will cover their security whenever they are visiting Bangladesh, an official explained.
There have been several attempts on the life of Hasina who escaped a grenade attack at a political rally in August 2004.
JDP Bandh cripples life in tribal belts
PTI, Purulia, 27 July : A 12-hour Bengal bandh called by the Jharkhand Disom Party (JDP) to protest the operation by security forces today crippled life in many areas of the tribal belt in Purulia district and some parts of the adjoining Hooghly and Burdwan districts. Bandh severly disrupted train services. Howrah- bound Rajdhani Express is stuck at Asansol. Many Howrah bound trains are also stuck in Asansol, Durgapur and Burdwan.
Security forces after their operation against Maoists in West Midnapore district had launched a similar drive in neighbouring Purulia district from Saturday. In Burdwan district, JDP supporters forced shop-owners at Raina Bazar, 30 km from Burdwan town, to down shutters in protest against alleged harassment of tribals by security forces during their operation against Maoists. Police claimed a young shop owner collapsed and died of a cardiac arrest when he saw the agitators approaching his shop.
A total bandh was observed in the tribal-inhabited areas of Bandwan and Baghmundi in Purulia district, where markets were closed and vehicles stayed off the roads.
ECBC to promote green building in Tripura
UNI, Agartala, 27 July : The Bureau of Energy Efficiency(BEE) has urged Tripura government to adopt mechanism for reducing power consumption substantially to contribute in combating climate change.
After third state level workshop on 'Energy efficiency: codes and rating in buildings' here yesterday, organised by Society of Energy Engineers and Managers (SEEM), BEE has constituted Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC) under Energy Conservation Act 2001 for Tripura.
SEEM officials here today said that ECBC had been assigned to generate awareness and popularizing energy efficient green building designs suiting the climate condition of Northeast while workshop was targeted for architects, town planners, energy sector workers and other enterprises to provide information about green building. Talking to media here today former Director, school of energy studies in Jadavpur University Prof Sujoy Basu said that anticipating future power crisis, BEE had suggested several energy saving options, including promotion of energy-efficient buildings and bio-gas generation from kitchen waste to Indian states.
Bangladesh gov cracks down on Pak's ISI operations
Dhaka, 27 July : Reports are circulating that the recent arrests of foreign terrorists in Bangladesh have revealed the depth of a terror network inside Bangladesh, which is sponsored by the Pakistani secret service, the ISI. These reports suggest that the ISI controls terrorist operations inside Bangladesh via its client operation, Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group that was also responsible for the attack on Mumbai in India and has been implicated in the mutiny of the Bangladesh Rifles.
Other reports suggest that Lashkar-e-Taiba were also involved in several assassination attempts against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, including the 21 August, 2004, grenade attack that killed the current President's wife, Ivy Rahman, a prominent Awami League politician in her own right.
The news that the government has instructed its anti-terrorist joint task force to go after these terrorist groups and their sponsors is startling. Until quite recently, it was assumed that the ISI was receiving tacit support from Bangladeshi authorities who were accused of allowing the groups to use Bangladesh as a staging post for attacks on India. These accounts, which date from 2004, now seem to be both greatly exaggerated and distorted. It appears true that ISI plans for a sovereign Islamic state in India's northeast did receive support from fundamentalist elements within the Bangladesh government, Army, bureaucracy, and intelligence, but this now appears to be more a result of infiltration than policy.

The current effort to root out and destroy the ISI-backed terrorist groups in Bangladesh may also be the result of the recent overwhelming election victory of the largely secular Awami League party. The Awami League had long been a preferred target for ISI-backed terrorists who prefer the more Islamist orientation of the rival BNP.

Gorkha Janmukti Morcha relaxes bandh for 24 hours
Darjeeling, 27 July : Gorkha Janmukti Morcha has given a 24-hour relaxation on Monday, so that people can observe Shahid Diwas to pay homage to the 1200 people who died in the 1986 agitation for Gorkhaland started by Subhash Ghisingh-led GNLF.
Pramila Sharma and Akbar Lama who died in the agitation by started by GJM in 2007 will also be included in the martyrs' list.
Tea gardens welcomed the relaxation. "I thank GJM for the relaxation. We will replenish our stocks like coal and diesel required for manufacturing tea. But it will really help if gardens are completely left out of the purview of bandhs," said Sandeep Mukherjee, secretary Darjeeling Tea Association.

Razzak takes B'desh to 52-run victory over Windies
AFP, Roseau (Dominica), 27 July : Abdur Razzak made a triumphant return to the Bangladesh side when he helped the Tigers win the opening one-day international against West Indies by 52 runs.
Razzak, who was prevented from bowling in international cricket in December 2008 due to a suspect action before having his suspension lifted in March, opened the bowling yesterday and took four wickets for 39 runs as Bangladesh defended a target of 247 at international cricket's newest venue of Windsor Park. "I was not surprised when the captain gave me the new ball, especially the way the pitches have been playing in the Caribbean during this series," said Razzak. "When I played in the Caribbean in the 2007 World Cup, I also used the new ball, so it's normal. "But this was important for me. I was out of the team for eight months, and now I am back in the side, I am looking to do well."
The victory gives Bangladesh a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with the second ODI scheduled for the same venue on Tuesday, and the final ODI on Friday at Warner Park in St. Kitts. Photo : AP

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